[CentOS] Spacewalk or Puppet?

Karanbir Singh mail-lists at karan.org
Wed Nov 4 13:46:14 UTC 2009

On 11/04/2009 01:39 PM, Les Mikesell wrote:
> How well do any of these tools work when the hosts are widely distributed or
> distributed with groups in different locations?


 >  And how do they handle IP
> assignment on multiple NICs?  Do you need DHCP capability on all segments or do
> you need to know all the MAC addresses and the cable connectivity starting out?

You only need that for the initial provisioning setup, once the machine 
is running - neither of the tools need any info on network stacks ( but 
you are welcome to plumb in whatever you need / want ). DHCP isnt ideal 
when setup in smaller clusters over a widely spread out, geographically, 
setup .

> Also, do they provide a version-controlled history with a way to easily find
> when a change was made and undo it?

You dont really need that with platform / state - but its a must for 
policy and role control - All the major tools in that space encourage 
use of a VCS backed with layered ACL's if need : puppet/cfengine/chef/bcfg2

- KB
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